6 Mutants I Want to See in a Future Ninja Turtles Movie
The latest trailer for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel got me thinking about one of my favorite things in the world: mutants! The Ninja Turtles were my cartoon of choice growing up in the 1980s, and you better believed I owned every crazy Ninja Turtles action figure I could get my hands on! The very premise of martial arts animal people was so limitless that we got everything from a moose Mountie to a basketball-playing giraffe!
The latest trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows focuses heavily on Bebop and Rocksteady, and the idea that the Shredder now has the ability to make more mutants. If the Ninja Turtles movies are anything like the X-Men movies (another popular mutant franchise), then all the upcoming sequels are going to try and cram as many new mutants onto the screen as they can!
Seeing as how I am an expert in ancillary Ninja Turtles, I’ve decided to offer up a few suggestions for the franchise.
6. Punk Frogs
How do you up the ante in a threequel when you’ve already had the Turtles face off against the duo of Bebop and Rocksteady? Put them against the quartet of the Punk Frogs! Basically, they’re duplicate versions of the Ninja Turtles. There are four of them, each one has a unique weapon, and they’re all named after history’s greatest dictators, like Genghis Khan or Attila the Hun. They appeared a few times in the original cartoon, though the less said about the current Nickelodeon version, the better. A lot can be done with frogs, plus it would be 4-on-4. That’s called upping the stakes.
What’s better than four frogs? How about one badass snapping turtle monster? Slash is the evil fifth turtle, a snapping turtle mutant that wears a black mask as an enemy (and sometimes ally) of the Ninja Turtles. He’s big, he’s mean and he’s a fan favorite. Bebop and Rocksteady are good for comedy relief. Slash is good for some old-fashioned monster fights! Plus he’s an easy concept to understand for audiences. The Ninja Turtles fighting a bigger, meaner, eviler turtle? Sounds about right.
4. Old Hob
Old Hob is a new character that has so far only appeared in the IDW comic book series, which is amazing, and a highly recommended read. He’s an old, grizzled junk yard cart turned mutant terrorist, and that would be pretty awesome on screen. The Turtles need a wide variety of adversaries, and Old Hob is kind of a gangster and a scrapper, while also being a cat. And cats are adorable. Especially when they wear eye-patches like Old Hob.
3. Mondo Gecko
Bad guys are great and all, but the Turtles need friends too! Not every mutant is a big, angry jerk who wants to dine on turtle soup! So bring on Mondo Gecko, the skateboard-loving crazy kid who wants to party and eat pizza more than Michelangelo! He doesn’t need to have much depth, because this is a Ninja Turtles sequel we’re talking about here. He just needs to be fun, crack wise and look cool next to the new, gargantuan Ninja Turtles. Plus just think of the cross-promotion they can do with Geico!
2. Wingnut & Screwloose
This pick is based purely on personal interest, because Wingnut & Screwloose are my favorite characters! I loved bats as a kid (still do), and Wingnut was the bat character. It was a no-brainer! He’s a screwball alien bat with wimpy wings, so he had to build badass mechanical wings to help fly. And he’s got his own sidekick, which is always a plus. Usually these two are villains, which I suppose could work for the new movie. But I’d also be OK with a couple of weird, nerdy characters who hang from the ceiling and drink blood!
1. Mona Lisa
We need a female mutant in the franchise, and we need her yesterday. In all honesty, there just aren’t very many female mutants at all in the entire Ninja Turtles franchise. There’s Venus de Milo, the female turtle that showed up in that crappy live action TV show in the 90s, and who TMNT co-creator Peter Laird hates with a fiery passion. So let’s forget about her and focus on Mona Lisa, the mutant salamander who most often gets paired up as Raphael’s girlfriend. I’m totally down with that. Raph’s the kind of guy who could use a woman’s touch.
Mona Lisa made a short appearance in the 1980s cartoon, and most prominently, she’s a main character in the fourth season of Nickelodeon’s new Ninja Turtles cartoon. She’s a badass alien salamander warrior, which is a description that could only work in Ninja Turtles. She’s cool, she’s as much a mutant as the Turtles, and she gets to be the romantic lead. Sounds like a solid threequel to me!